Lilian Min
October 08, 2015 2:30 pm

For decades, the two most discussed and “acceptable” form of feminine hygiene have been pads and tampons. But as of late, one form of feminine hygiene is on the rise — the menstrual cup, or more colloquially known by the brand name Diva Cup. These tiny silicone cups, which fit inside you, collect your menstrual blood for a more environmentally conscious and “natural” solution to your monthly flow. Still, it was only a matter of time that that cup got a 21st century update.

Enter Looncup, the first but probably not last “smart” device in the feminine hygiene world. With a Bluetooth connection and a device app, the Looncup tracks three key stats: Your fluid volume, your fluid color, and when your period begins. Once set up, the Looncup can actually text you to let you know that it’s full, remind you that your period might be beginning soon, and also monitor changes in color (which apparently can signal health issues).

Though it’s currently only a Kickstarter (but has raised its goal with weeks to go), the Looncup is marking the next frontier of feminine hygiene. For most of their adult lives, people who menstruate get their information through surreptitious Googling and increasingly antiquated guidebooks with names like Congratulations, You’re Going Through Puberty! (Source: Just about every person I’ve talked to about periods.)

The lack of information, misinformation, and strange superstitions around periods can have repercussions, running the gamut from playground bullying to being totally ostracized from your community. What the Looncup means for the world of feminine hygiene, outside of the cup’s high-tech trappings, is a way of dealing with, monitoring, and understanding periods in a way that befits our existence in modernity.

Watch the video below for a more comprehensive guide as to how the Looncup works. If you’re interested in supporting the Looncup on Kickstarter, follow the link here. It’s never too late to learn more about your body, and even if you don’t personally want to adopt the menstrual cup, it’s worth paying it forward for the period-having generations to come.

Related reading:

Meet the runner who went tampon-free during the London Marathon to make a point about menstruation

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H/T The Daily Dot. Images courtesy of Looncup.

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